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By Aditi Shah
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A series of in-flight engine failures prompted India's aviation regulator on Monday to order the immediate grounding of Airbus A320neo aircraft fitted with certain Pratt & Whitney engines.
DGCA said it had also asked the airlines not to replace the engines.
On Monday a flight operated by IndiGo, India's biggest low-cost carrier, experienced a technical glitch with one of its engines.
It was forced to return to Ahmedabad airport, in western India, the airline, which is owned by InterGlobe Aviation, said in a separate statement.
Indian airlines have hundreds of A320neo planes on order but they, among other carriers, are facing delivery delays due to problems with the engines.
"We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption. The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration. We are working to mitigate the ...situation by the end of the second quarter," said a statement from Pratt, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
DGCA said it would remain in touch with the stakeholders including the European Aviation Safety Agency.
(Reporting by Aditi Shah; editing by Euan Rocha and Dasha Afanasieva)
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